Monday, July 24, 2006

"The Mystery of Language"

This strangely elating sequence reads like a brutally edited language primer illustrated by a Scotsman in hypnopompic reverie. The yo-yo in the first panel rhymes with the High Anxiety eyes in the third, as well as suggesting the recursive use of words (dogs, anchovies). The deep, de Chirico-esque field, the enormous sack of fish, the champagne toast—this is a celebration of intangible joy.

—From The Yale Herald, November 30, 1990 (Vol X, issue 12)

Sunday, July 16, 2006

"Gap Pocket T as Worn by"

This strip is very similar in punchline structure to "Look, Ma, No Exclamation Points!," and displays the same taste for the fantastic. The very thin line is a nice contrast to the character's preoccupation with blubber—this is one of the most cleanly drawn strips in the collection.

—From The Yale Herald, September 27, 1991 (vol. 12, issue 53)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

"Cathy Parody"

If sketches are the royal road to the unconscious, the cloud of half-formed (and copyrighted) figures, geometric solids, and things too weird to classify (snake passing through a bracelet?) provide one of the richer glimpses into the artist's befogged mind. They swarm around this popular one-off, a parody of Cathy Guisewite's long-running strip.

—From The Yale Herald, Vol. XI, issue 9